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Best shoes for Women with IT band syndrome who prefer neutral support

Neutral runners tend to have their arches ever so slightly collapse inward when they run. Their arches are neither flat nor high, but somewhere in between. They require neither stability nor much cushion. What these neutral runners do need, however, is a shoe designed for them. They key is a lack of medial support on neutral running shoes: with such support, neutral runners would be pushed too far outward, leading to injuries. Luckily, every major running brand makes (at least a few) neutral shoes, which can be used from the track to the trail.

Many runners know the dangers of IT Band Syndrome; it can linger for months if not years, rearing its ugly head right before a race. IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is caused when the ligament that runs outside the leg becomes tight, inflamed, and just downright painful to move. This problem can arise from weaknesses in certain muscles or running's repetitive motions. Luckily, the right shoe can make a difference, both in terms of preventing and treating IT band issues.

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexible and comfortable
  • It's the perfect fit for my type of training
  • Right amount of support

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Decent arch support
  • Lightweight, comfortable, no blisters
  • Breathable

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and shin splints.

Brooks Purecadence 5

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Great support for light weight
  • fit my foot properly
  • Toe box and length

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and IT band syndrome.

Brooks Ghost 8

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Extremely cushioned yet still lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Light weight and flexible

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and plantar fascitis.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft but supportive
  • Flexibility, arch support, comfort
  • Cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and shin splints.

Brooks Ghost 9

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's the only one that gives me a consistent good ride
  • Soft, and comfortable
  • Comfortable

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and IT band syndrome.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The responsive, flexible midsole.
  • Light, breathable, 4mm drop, with still enough cushion.
  • Lightweight

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Saucony Kinvara 7

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Max cushioning with good responsiveness
  • Amount of cushion
  • Cushioning.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It just feels good on my feet
  • Coupons
  • Cushioning

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Brooks Glycerin 14

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Nice and light (not heavy) and breathable. The Adrenaline GTS was not breathable because of the Gore-Tex waterproof coating which made hot summer running almost unbearable.
  • Heel fit
  • Responsiveness

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with bad blisters.

Brooks Pureflow 5

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Roomy toe box
  • cushioning and comfort
  • Shoe is incredibly soft

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and flat feet.

Brooks Glycerin 13

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